The Cruise Critic review of Monarch of the Seas hits the nail on the head when it says "How the mighty have fallen!"
This was our 15th cruise, 12th Royal Caribbean cruise. The last time we were on one of Monarch's sisterships, the Majesty, was 14 years ago when they were still in their prime, in 7 day service. Since then we have sailed many times on Royal Caribbean's Radiance, Voyager, and Freedom class, ranging from 7-10 night cruises.
To start the review off, we had a nice cruise. It was a bargain cruise, a short vacation, and we knew we would be sailing on a 20+ year old ship. It was a great value for the money and we may consider doing it again if the price is low enough.
Cabin- Small and worn, but clean. We had a porthole window. The cabin was acceptable for a short cruise, yet not lavish.
Service- Excellent. Second to none. Prompt and courteous at all times.
Food- On par with the rest of the fleet.
Ship- Clean. However, as stated before, she has been through a lot. 20 years on the ocean takes a strong toll on any ship! She is dated, public areas and staterooms are worn, and small compared to today's standards. It's sad seeing her in this shape after being on her sister when she was relatively new and one of the most beautiful, revolutionary ships in the industry. Although she is aging gracefully, it is time for the Monarch to go.